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Environmental groups clean up sites across Baltimore

Environmental groups clean up sites across Baltimore 

Several environmental groups cleaned up parts of Baltimore Saturday to drum up support for a city bill that would add a surcharge for using disposable plastic bags.

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Environmental groups cleaning up sites across Baltimore

Environmental groups cleaning up sites across Baltimore

Several environmental groups will be cleaning up parts of Baltimore Saturday to drum up support for a city bill that would add a surcharge for using disposable plastic bags.

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First E85 ethanol gas station opens in Baltimore

First E85 ethanol gas station opens in Baltimore

The first gas station in Baltimore to offer a type of ethanol gas called E85 opened recently on Frederick Avenue, the result of a partnership designed to help drivers who have flex-fuel vehicles.

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More Maryland animals, plants in danger of extinction

More Maryland animals, plants in danger of extinction 

Even as conservationists and government officials celebrated Friday the rebound of the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, they acknowledged that more animals and plants are slipping toward extinction in Maryland and nationwide.

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Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered

Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered 

When Guy W. Willey Sr. was growing up, he hunted and ate Delmarva fox squirrels in the low-lying forests of the Eastern Shore, long before it was clear the giant cousins of the common gray squirrel were in danger of disappearing. He was "dirt poor," he recalled, and lots of folks did it back then.

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Kit Valentine, advocate for environment in Catonsville

Kit Valentine, advocate for environment in Catonsville, dies

Kit Valentine, an advocate for the environment who served as president and vice-president of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, died Sept. 15 of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

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Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report.

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New coal plant pollution controls eyed

New coal plant pollution controls eyed 

Looking to protect Marylanders from unsafe levels of smog, environmental regulators are moving to clamp down on pollution from the state's smaller coal-burning power plants, but plant owners warn that the rule could have economic consequences.

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Long Reach homeowner has a deep-rooted love of stormwater protection

Long Reach homeowner has a deep-rooted love of stormwater protection

Maintaining an environmentally friendly landscape at her family's home in Long Reach comes as second nature to Janine Pollack, who loves gardening and the outdoors.

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Pesticides linger in MD, US streams

Pesticides linger in MD, US streams

Pesticides continue to show up in rivers and streams in Maryland and the rest of the nation at levels that pose problems for fish and other aquatic life, according to a new federal study spanning the past two decades.

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Big hand for a tiny turtle

Big hand for a tiny turtle

America's tiniest turtle is getting a helping hand from Uncle Sam.

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Urban 'evolution' turns fresh-water streams salty

Urban 'evolution' turns fresh-water streams salty

If current trends continue, Marylanders may not have to go "down-y oshun" in future to dip their toes in salt water. Thanks to liberal de-icing of our roads in winter and chronic sewage leaks, salinity levels are rising in Baltimore area streams  - with at least one already a third as tangy as Ocean City surf.

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New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate

New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate

Legislators from Maryland and Pennsylvania sparred at a hearing in Annapolis Monday over whether their states are doing too much or too little to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution.

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State announces $2.3 million in grants to improve bike paths

State announces $2.3 million in grants to improve bike paths

The state has awarded more than $2 million in grants to improve bike paths across Maryland, including more than $80,000 to better connect West Baltimore with downtown.

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Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay

Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay 

There weren't any keepers yet, but the fish were definitely biting for Willie Edwards one day last week as he trolled along the edge of the Susquehanna Flats. The 72-year-old fisherman from North East said he'd caught "a lot of little rock," or striped bass.

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In passing, a life devoted to conservation

In passing, a life devoted to conservation

For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88. 

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Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

A Washington-area trail users' group and a pair of environmental advocates have filed suit to block the Purple Line, contending the $2.4 billion light-rail project in the DC suburbs threatens to harm two species of endangered crustaceans that live in the creek the transit line would cross.

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 NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

The only signs investigators found of the chemical-laden railroad hopper car that exploded after it derailed last year in Rosedale were twisted and deformed pieces of its aluminum shell that shot out like shrapnel, landing as far as 370 feet away.

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After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After shrinking for a while to its smallest size in 30 years, the Chesapeake Bay's "dead zone" has made a late-summer comeback, and that's not good for crabs, fish and oysters.

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August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons

August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons 

Baltimore city officials belatedly disclosed Friday that sewage overflows topped 12 million gallons during last week's downpour, four times what had previously been acknowledged. It was the most untreated waste reported spilled in the city in a single day since 2006, according to state records.

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National parks free for a day

National parks free for a day

For those who don't have to be in school on Monday, it'll be a great day to visit a national park, because they'll all be free then.

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Baltimore's overflowing sewers in action

Baltimore's overflowing sewers in action

Ever wonder what a sewer "overflow" looks like?  This video by the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper shows what happened in multiple places in Baltimore during the near-record downpour of Aug. 12, when six inches of rain fell in a 12-hour time span.

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Baltimore's overflowing sewers

Baltimore's overflowing sewers

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Fish kill in Baltimore's Herring Run Park

Fish kill in Baltimore's Herring Run Park

City officials said Thursday they are investigating a fish kill in a Northeast Baltimore creek that flows through Herring Run Park, where users of the park and streamside trail expressed dismay.

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'Green burial' goes cinematic

'Green burial' goes cinematic

For some, environmentalism is more than just a more earth-friendly way to live. It it even informs their leaving - how they want their remains treated in death.

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Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases

Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases 

An Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.

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Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan doubled down on his efforts to seize the issue of the environment from Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown Tuesday, releasing a video in which he criticizes the O'Malley-Brown administration's efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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UM study warns of health impacts from fracking

UM study warns of health impacts from fracking 

A University of Maryland study warns that without adequate safeguards, drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing could harm the health of residents, workers and communities in Western Maryland.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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